In Québec, nearly 38% of couples live in a common-law relationship and declare themselves to be common-law couples. They have no legal protection in case of death or separation. Despite popular belief, common-law partners are not as well protected as married people.
Agreement Between Common-Law Partners
To better protect yourself, be sure to consult our family law experts. They will be able to inform you of the civil and tax consequences of your status and, if necessary, suggest that you conclude a notarized agreement establishing the rules that should govern your union.
The content of such an agreement may vary depending on the topics you wish to address. As an indication, an agreement between common-law partners may provide for: